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What Is Attachment Disorder in Children?

Learn about attachment disorder in children from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.


Attachment is the strong bond between a child, an infant, and their caregiver. When this strong bond is broken, a child can have as a result a reactive attachment or an attachment disorder. There are many reasons that this bond can be broken. Sometimes the parent is simply unavailable. The child is not consoled when they are crying. The child's needs are not met, when they're hungry or when they're in need of a touch, a hug, a smile. Sometimes this attachment or bond is broken if a parent is unavailable. Attachment disorders and reactive attachment issues are very commonly seen in foster children or children that have been adopted. Some of the signs and symptoms of a child experiencing attachment issues include a child that is often angry; a child that has difficulty maintaining control, or wants to control many circumstances. Children with attachment issues also don't like to be physically touched, and they're not comforted by hugs or affection from their parents or caregivers. Children with attachment issues and their family need to meet with a clinical professional in order to help smooth this bond and have more successful relationships. If you're a parent with a child with attachment issues, it's very important to be patient and remain calm. Building and growing this bond and attachment really takes time. It's also important as a parent to manage your stress. There are going to be times when things are very difficult and you need to take care of yourself. Approach these difficult situations with laughter and humor, and this really can also add to strengthening the bond between you and your child. While reactive attachment and attachment disorders are complex and really quite involved in their treatment, these are just a few of the important tips that are important for parents to understand regarding this disorder.

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